Southern California Program

Center for Strategic Partnerships

Civic and Community
Los Angeles, CA
$225,000
June 2019

The Center for Strategic Partnerships (the Center) was established in 2015 by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (BOS) and local foundations as a pilot project to facilitate public/private collaborations to support vulnerable children and families.  Based on the pilot’s success, the BOS approved the Center as a permanent entity within the County in 2018.  Southern California Grantmakers is serving as the fiscal sponsor.  A three-year grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation will support the next phase of the Center’s work related to child protection.  Center staff and consultants will work with County departments and community based providers to fully implement a new county-wide home visiting system that will serve nearly half of the 32,000 families at highest risk for child abuse or neglect.  They will also focus on partnering with foster family agencies and faith communities to develop a comprehensive system to recruit and retain families in coordination with the County to meet the specific needs of foster children.  Because of a shortage of appropriate homes, too often children cycle through short-term shelters, languish in groups homes and experience multiple placements contributing to poor outcomes.  Pilot projects will be developed to test innovative ideas that can be scaled by the public sector.

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